A weather window was spotted. Its the first chance i've had to get out on the water this year due to university commitments but the weather was looking great so the chance couldn't be missed. The session would coincide with the weekend 'Super tide' - an exceptionally big tide producing the lowest tides for a decade and an associated big tidal range. Time for some fun in the Tempo!
Off with the bottom rig and on with a set of Hookais. In 5 minutes we had drifted about 1/2 a mile or so down the coast so battled back and dropped anchor back in the main flow..... wow! The tide was strong, so strong we struggled to hold bottom and slowly dragged anchors back down the coast. Anyhow the Mackerel were solid and for the next 15 minutes we had them every drop, great fun!! The Tempo's footwell was soon filling with Mackerel and the odd Launce.
The absence of mackerel gave the bottom baits a chance but with little flow or wind to drift with we were not covering the ground to get bites. A small Dab and a Codling came my way.
First Impressions of the Palm Kaikoura PFD: Very comfortable - i hardly knew i had it on. The pockets are very handy and held various items of terminal tackle, scissors and my camera with room to spare. The anti-ride waist belt worked well against the neoprene of my wetsuit and made the PFD feel more connected to my body movements than my previous basic Typhoon PFD. Oh, and it now has more Mackerel scales on it than the average Mackerel!